It's been a long time coming, but finally the South African Broadcasting Corporation is going ahead with it's 24 hour news channel and will be going live tomorrow evening at 6pm.
To be found on DStv Channel 404, the channel hopes to be a success and obviously to take some of the viewers of the rival eNCA.
"We are very excited about this partnership with Multichoice, as it will expose South African news stories to an audience not only in the country, but outside of South Africa as well." the SABC's acting COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng said in a statement.
The SABC unveiled it's schedule late last week. "The SABC will start weekdays by simulcasting the tremendously popular and long-running news magazine show Morning Live between 6am and 9am, bringing viewers breaking news and in-depth reporting on topical current affairs topics," the SABC said in a statement.
Other programmes will include Newsrooms LIVE, which offers an inside look into SABC bureau newsrooms across
and also the world. There will
also be rolling news updates the whole day (let’s hope they’ll do it better
than eNCA and the ridiculous ‘Breaking News’ with little to no updates). South
Peter Ndoro and Vabakshnee Chetty will be the main anchors for the evening news. The anchors of the daytime news programmes haven’t been announced.
In their Up Close programme, journalists will be interviewing news-makers and on Question Time, pertinent issues of the day will be unpacked.
Business News will be a major feature on the channel, as will the arts, lifestyle and entertainment, with Kaleidoscope showcasing the latest in the entertainment world.
Other programming includes: Network (a look at technology and social media), World Today and Media Monitor (a unique look into the news behind the news). A daily wrap of proceedings in Parliament is offered through View from the House.
We are looking forward to Sports Live, where the latest sports news will be unpacked. SABC has impressive sports presenters and we hope they’ll use people like Lebo Mabena and Vaylen Kirtley more.
We wish the SABC News Channel all the best.